Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt featured in IJGT Photo of the Week – Feb. 5, 2015

The IJGT hosted its third local tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation on January 31-February 1, 2015. The two-day, 36-hole event featured juniors from around the world competed for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings.

Although it was unseasonably cold during round one, the chilly weather didn’t stop the competitors from having a good time on the course. San Antionio, Texas native Jason Hijazi, and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., decided to have some fun by posing in the background while Christian Clemence Tupamahu of Manado, Indonesia, teed off on the 14th hole. The threesome all attend the International Junior Golf Academy together.

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Hammerschmidt finished round one a single stroke behind the division leader. He closed out round two by making par on the final four holes and finished the tournament in a tie for third.

Tupamahu birdied the par-4 hole No. 2 in round one to begin a six-hole par-or-better streak.

Hijazi struggled in the first round, but recovered in the second knocking 10 strokes off his round one score.

Congratulations to Tupamahu, Hijazi and Hammerschmidt on being our IJGT Photo of the Week! Don’t forget–each week we have a Photo of the Week and it could be you! Be sure to check the IJGT Facebook Page after each event. Like, share and comment on your favorite photos and, based on the point system below, the photo with the most points will then be featured as that week’s Photo of the Week!

1 point – per ‘Like’

2 points – per comment (let’s keep these positive!)

3 points – per share

Burnett, Clair earn IJGT Player of the Week honors – Feb. 3, 2015

This past weekend, January 31 – February 1, 2015,  the IJGT competed at the Wexford Plantation, for the Lowcountry Junior. The cold weather and wind made the first day of competition tough but players enjoyed the challenging greens and warmer weather prevailed on day two. Following this event, the IJGT is proud to present Player of the Week honors to Camila Burnett and Cameron Clair, both of Bluffton, S.C..


Burnett, in her first IJGT appearance, exemplified sportsmanship. Younger than her fellow Girls Division competitors by at least two years, Burnett holed out from 50 yards on the par-4 hole No. 9 for birdie. She illustrated a passion for the game of golf despite her age and her performance was highlighted by at least one birdie in each round. Showing amazing maturity, Burnett recovered well mentally when shots didn’t go her way.


Battling winds and chilly temperatures, Clair struggled through his first round front nine finishing 14-over. Determined to show his best, Clair returned on day to and during that same stretch in his final round, he carded a birdie and six par-or-better finishes to shave 12 strokes off his score on the front nine alone. On the back nine, he closed out tournament play strong with his longest par-or-better streak of the weekend on five straight holes.

Congratulations to Burnett and Clair for their Player of the Week honors!

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Final Results (Feb. 1, 2015)

Wren takes title in come-from-behind win
Whaley and Jaiswal best their fields

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The IJGT hosted Lowcountry Junior at the local venue, Wexford Plantation Golf Club on January, 1 – February, 2, 2015. The 36-hole event marked the third event in the IJGT’s Southeast Tour this spring and the line-up included 35 junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 19. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were at stake for competitors.


Trey Wren, of Suffolk, Va., came from behind and took home the win at the Lowcountry Junior. Coming off of a solid performance last weekend in a three-player playoff at the Carolina Classic, he carded an 86 in the first round with only one birdie. Then, in the final round he carded four birdies on the front nine alone and added one more on the back. His score for the final round was 71 making his scores for the weekend 86 and 71 for a total of 157.

Wren’s 1-under final round also earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award for the second weekend in a row. The Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award goes to the boy and girl each week with the lowest final round scores.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, with scores of 77 and 81 for a total of 158. Cheng, who had led after day one of competition, was bested by Wren’s birdie-laden final round. Third place was a tie between Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., and Lee Hammerschmidt of Armonk, N.Y., with scores of 85-75—160 and 78-82—160, respectively. 


In the Girls Division, Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., took home the title and the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award with scores of 82 and 70 for a tournament total of 152. The senior IJGA student who recently signed to play NCAA DI golf at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill credited her success today to her putting, “I made 29 putts today so my putting really helped.”

Whaley’s performance in the final round started out with a bang as she carded an eagle on her very first hole of the day. She added three more birdies and 11 pars to her scorecard and posted the lowest score of the entire tournament.

Behind Whaley was Lita Huber of Montevideo, Uruguay, who finished the day in second with scores of 87 and 82 for a total of 169 while Bluffton, S.C., native Sophia Burnett took third place with scores of 82 and 90 for a tournament total of 172 in her IJGT debut.


Ayushmaan Jaiswal of New Dehli, India, took home top honors in the Boys 14 & Under Division with scores of 92 and 90 for a tournament total of 182. Second place went to Xiaofeng Hu of Qiang Dao, China.

For full results, click here.

The IJGT’s next event will be the Major Championship at Presidio Golf Course on February 7-8, 2015. The Major Championship will be held at the famous Presidio Golf Course in San Fransisco, Ca. To sign up for this event, or others, visit or call (843) 785-2444.

Final Results of the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation conducted by the International Junior Golf Tour on January 31- February 1, 2015. Boys 15-19 Division: Black Tees – 6,669 yards Par 72 (73.0/144). Boys 14 & Under Division: Blue Tees – 6,110 yards, Par 72 (70.6/128). Girls Division: Red Tees – 5,724 yards, Par 72 (74.1/130).

International Junior Golf Tour
Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation
Hilton Head Island, SC
January 31 – February 1, 2015

Boys 15-19 Division- Black Tees, 6,669 yards, Par 72

1. Trey Wren, Suffolk, VA *86-71–157
2. Matt Cheng, Taipei, Taiwan *77-81–158
3. Matthew Cesare, Milford, CT *85-75–160
3. Lee Hammerschmidt, Armonk, NY *78-82–160
5. Brent Rodgers, Cranberry Township, PA *84-77–161
5. Dong Jin Park, Seoul, South Korea *85-76–161
7. Guodong Ji, Quing Dao, China *87-78–165
7. Feng Chen, Baoding City *83-82–165
9. Ryan Pongrac, Freehold, NJ *86-81–167
9. Jake Sitzler, Burlington, NJ *87-80–167
9. Jamie Lin, Taichung, Taiwan *86-81–167
9. Christian Clemence Tupamahu, Manado, Indonesia *82-85–167
13. Cameron Clair, Bluffton, SC *90-78–168
14. Teddy Zinsner, Alexandria, VA *82-87–169
15. Kyle Ash, Reading, MA *85-85–170
16. Trent Hope, Savannah, GA *87-85–172
17. Jason Hijazi, San Antonio, TX *94-84–178
18. Trent Dickerson, Guyton, GA *95-85–180
19. Mao Hirota, Nagoya, Japan *92-89–181
20. Shogo Taniguchi, Osaka, Japan *91-91–182
21. Logan Stefanko, Plymouth, MI *100-91–191
21. Zhicheng Gu, Changshu, China *86-105–191


DQ. Karan Bhasin, Mishref, Kuwait *97 (Rule 6-3a)
JWD. Jake Raichle, Bethlehem, NH *84

Boys 14 & Under Division- White Tees, 6,110 yards, Par 72

1. Ayushmaan Jaiswal, Wesley Chapel, FL *92-90–182
2. Xiaofeng Hu, Qiang Dao, China *106-94–200

Girls Division- Red Tees, 5,724 yards, Par 72

1. Kelly Whaley, Farmington, CT *82-70–152
2. Lita Huber, Montevideo, Uruguay *87-82–169
3. Sophia Burnett, Bluffton, SC *82-90–172
4. Katelyn Martin, North Prairie, WI *91-93–184
5. Martina Gerbelova, Bratislava, Slovakia *105-96–201
5. Stephanie Orrell, Ontario, Canada *99-102–201
7. Camila Burnett, Bluffton, SC *103-110–213

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Round one recap (Jan. 31, 2015)

The IJGT stayed local for its third tournament of the spring season, the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation. In chilly but bright conditions, juniors teed off starting at 8:51 a.m. for the first of two rounds. In review, below are each division’s leaders’ rounds, in numbers.

The Boys 15-19 Division is led by Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan. His round in numbers:

1 – the number of strokes he leads by in the division

2 – this is his second IJGT Lowcountry Junior appearance

4.5 – his division-best average on the course’s par-5s

77 – his round one score to carry the lead

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., and Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, S.C., are tied for first in the Girls Division. Their rounds in numbers:


39 – her score on the front nine

8 – Whaley’s lone birdie of the day came on the difficult par-5 No. 8

3 – Whaley made par on the first three holes of the tournament


1 – this is Burnett’s first IJGT event

3 – she closed out the first round by making par on the final three holes

2 – Burnett leads the division for round-one birdies with two

Leading the Boys 14 & Under Division is Ayushmaan Jaiswal of Wesley Chapel, Fla. His round in numbers:

14 – Jaiswal leads the division by 14 strokes

2 – consecutive pars he carded to close out the front nine

6- the Lowcountry Junior is Jaiswal’s sixth IJGT event of the season

The second round of the Lowcountry Junior will take place tomorrow, February 1, 2015, with tee times starting at 9 a.m. For full results from round one, click here. Keep up-to-date with up-to-the-minute updates and other news by following the IJGT on Twitter @IJGT.

Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation – Tour Preview

The IJGT will host the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Junior golfers will be competing for IJGT Merit Points and national rankings during the two-day, 36-hole tournament.

Wexford Plantation

The recently-renovated Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course at Wexford Plantation plays through tall, majestic oaks and stately pines before continuing around the harbor and coastal marshlands. It was rated one of the Top 100 Residential Golf Courses in the U.S. in Golfweek Magazine‘s 2014 Ultimate Guide to Golf Course Living & Great Escapes. Its six sets of tees range from 4,670 yards to 6,913 yards, allowing the course to offer a challenge at any distance.

The course’s signature hole is the 380-yard 18th, which requires a tee shot over a marsh and up a dogleg right fairway, then an approach shot over another marsh to the green. The challenge of the course combined with a competitive field will make this a tournament you do not want to miss.

In the Boys 15-19 Division, Brent Rodgers of Cranberry Township, Pa., will look to improve upon his most recent top-15 finish at the IJGA Invitational in December of 2014. A victory at the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation would be Rodgers’ first IJGT victory of his career. Also in the Boys 15-19 Division is Matthew Cesare of Milford, Conn., who will look to make a statement with his first appearance in an IJGT event.

Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., will be one to watch in the Girls Division as she looks to extend her two-win streak after winning the IJGT College Series at NC State and the Major Championship at Dormie Club in the fall season of 2014. Also looking to continue a winning streak is Yunjie Zhang of Haikou City, China. After her win at the Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Nov. 27-29, 2014, Zhang will be in pursuit of her second consecutive win this season.

If you have not yet registered for the Lowcountry Junior at Wexford Plantation, there’s still time! Click here for more information or to sign up.